When SV Werder take on SV Darmstadt 98 on Sunday afternoon (13:30 CEST), Ilia Gruev could well be an option from the start for Markus Anfang, something which hasn’t always been a constant with him. “I’ve waited a long, long time for my chance,” said Gruev, talking to the media on Thursday.
Three Werder players will look back happily on this international break. Milos Veljkovic and his Serbian side won both World Cup qualifiers and are still well in the race to qualify for Qatar 2022. Manuel Mbom and Ilia Gruev also collected vital points in their U21 EURO qualifiers.
When SV Werder take on Darmstadt on Sunday in the first game back after the international break, it will be another game “for two or three places in the table,” acknowledged Nicolai Rapp. However, the game carries a particular importance for the 24-year-old, as he returns to his old stomping ground.
It’s a significant moment in Fabio Chiarodia’s career as the Bremen defensive talent has signed a long-term professional contract at SVW. “I’m incredibly happy and proud to be extending my contract with the team whose academy I’ve been at for eight years. I cannot put into words just how happy I am,” commented the 16-year-old in an interview with WERDER.DE.